A nuclear bomb has destroyed Fairbanks, Alaska. How will Chuck and his family survive? What would you do if you lost power, water, and the protection of law enforcement, all in an instant; and what if you knew it was never coming back? A retired Marine and survivalist, Chuck, his brilliant and brave wife, Madison, and their remarkable children are thrown from the modern world into a dystopian wasteland in the span of a few heartbeats. Now it's up to Chuck to build a new life in a post-apocalyptic world that becomes more dangerous every day.
Join the Nagys as they do more than simply survive a devastating surprise attack: They thrive. They learn to protect themselves. They venture into the devastated city for essential supplies, and fight wolves, wildlife, and desperate humans. Ultimately they rally other survivors to build a new community. But when the faceless enemy that ended their world returns, they learn a harsh new truth: They must run for their lives through 300 miles of a frozen Alaskan wilderness if they hope to endure.
©2016 Craig Martelle (P)2016 Permuted Press
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3.5 out of 5 stars
I'm always curious to see how people in already forgotten parts of the map would survive after some sort of apocalypse. Endure gives me that chance with Chuck and his family. They live on the outskirts of Fairbanks, Alaska which has just been hit with some sort of nuclear bomb. Chuck and family must first figure out what happens and then figure out how to survive the bitter cold and sunless days after this attack.
Another book blogging friend of mine asked what I thought of Endure as I was reading it. My comment to her was that it felt tame. It was honestly one of the tamest post-apocalyptic books I've ever read. I wonder if Martelle was trying to envision the world where not everyone was out to get everyone else. Where the main character would face issues, but they were typical and normal survival issues (not ones where people are always attacking them for no reason).
Endure almost felt like a utopian-like post-apocalyptic book. It felt like Martelle was writing a "what if people got along?" type of story. Sure there was still violence and people couldn't hack it. But, overall, the book felt very hopeful.
Some of the reasons I scored it the way I did involve the total abrupt stop of an ending. I see "to be continued" type endings all the time. Especially in post-apocalyptic books. I'm used to them (they used to really bother me). But Endure just... ends. He was about to go out looking for answers and it was just over. I think that Martelle could have done a little better ending this so that the reader doesn't feel completely betrayed by the abruptness of it.
Another reason for the less than 4 score is that there were times when it felt really well thought out. The sentences went perfectly from one to another. The story just flowed like a story should. But there were parts that felt a little choppy. Like Martelle had an idea, but couldn't figure out how to work it in properly. Normally it doesn't warrant a comment, but I felt I needed to explain my 3.5 stars for a book in a series that I will be continuing.
The narration, done by Chris Abernathy was pretty well done. He allowed the story to flow well without causing any distractions or issues.
I honestly hate to leave a bad review to a author. I know how hard it is to put ideas down on paper in a fluid entertaining way. So let's call this constructive criticism.
The pace of the story is severely off.
A nuclear strike in a major Alaskan town not far from the characters home yet I never felt that they was fearful for their lives. No real drama. In fact at one point they take their snowmobiles to a "resort" and have a vacation of sorts.
The narrating was not easy to set through. Not to be to badly harsh ,
I couldn't even bare time finish the story and I paid for it. There was no connection with the characters, nothing drew me in and made me want to know what's next. Mostly everything seemed to come way to easily for the family. The fight with the wolves was the only dramatic event yet it was not "gripping".
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